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Transformation of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation

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Transforming the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation

The transformation of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC) will include an open, transparent, and competitive process. This will be a two-step process:

A competitive process invites interested parties to submit a proposal. It also allows the Government of Canada to assess the merits of each proposal.

Transforming the FFMC through a competitive process will help ensure that it:

Considerations for the competitive process will:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is engaging with:

The Government of Canada will consult with Indigenous communities about historic or traditional use of FFMC lands.

We recognize the critical role the FFMC plays in Canada’s freshwater fisheries. We are committed to ensuring its long-term success.

Ministerial Advisory Panel on the FFMC

In 2017, the Government of Canada engaged harvesters and communities on the future of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC). The engagement found that many harvesters still value the FFMC and its services but want more control over their industry.

In line with what we heard, we established an advisory panel to explore ways to transform the FFMC so it remains modern and competitive in today’s open market. The panel explored new governance and ownership models that support collaboration and cooperation amongst fish harvesters and involve them in decision making. As part of its review, the panel assessed opportunities for new partnership arrangements with organizations that could play a role in these new models for the FFMC.

The panel provided its findings to the Minister in June 2019.

Interlocutor on the transformation of the FFMC

In September 2019, based on the recommendation of the Ministerial Advisory Panel, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard appointed an Interlocutor to lead the next steps in the FFMC’s transformation process.

The Interlocutor conducted over 30 engagement sessions with harvesters and other stakeholders in the freshwater fishery including Indigenous leaders, non-governmental economic development organizations and representatives of federal and provincial government. In March 2020, the Interlocutor established an Interim Committee of Inland Fish Harvesters to advise him in assessing the feasibility of transforming the FFMC.

The Interlocutor provided his report to the Minister in September 2020, which can be viewed here.

Contact us

FFMC Engagement
Intergovernmental Affairs
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent St. 14th floor
Ottawa ON  K1A 0E6

About the FFMC

The FFMC is a federal crown corporation established in 1969 and headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Under the Freshwater Fish Marketing Act, the corporation has the exclusive right to market and trade freshwater fish in interprovincial and export markets. This applies to designated products supplied by participating jurisdictions. It is a critical market access point for fish harvesters who live in isolated communities.

The FFMC’s mandate is to:

FFMC seeks to do this through effective marketing, efficient supply chain management and value-added processing of quality freshwater fish products.

Over the past 10 years, FFMC’s operating environment has undergone the following significant changes.

Currently, the Northwest Territories is the only participating jurisdiction under the act. However, harvesters in other jurisdictions may sell to FFMC under contract, and many have already chosen to do so.

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